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Poster: spadeneal Date: Dec 14, 2012 6:37am
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Re: Jeff Kaplan. Can you describe copyrights?

It's complicated. 1923 back is considered public domain tho if Sony made a transfer of something released by Columbia in 1901 and put it out anew that is copywritable; you are infringing if you post their new transfer. From 1924 forward is not pd unless the label does not have a successor. Only absolute orphan in the period 1924-1935 is the Grey Gull family of labels. Sony owns Victor/Columbia thru 1931; ARC/BRC and the dime store labels are more dicey because these were divided around 1940 by Decca and Columbia so there's no hard and fast rule as to who owns what, but they're owned. Gennett is owned by Concord, Paramount by the George H. Buck Foundation. Not sure about really small labels like Black Patti or Herwin, but some discs they released came from other labels; best to research origin of masters. Also to keep an eye on the evolution of legislation relating to this topic, which may improve, but movement is slow. spadeneal

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Poster: Doc Murph Date: Dec 14, 2012 7:25am
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Re: Jeff Kaplan. Can you describe copyrights?

Spadeneal,

Thank you for a concise outline of old recordings. At best the laws are foggy. Many thanks again